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There’s always a day 1!

Okay, so I’m a geek girl.  I’m also an adventurous soul and I decided to ride my sv650 up the coast from San Francisco to Seattle with my new QRP rig (Thats a low power ham radio for those who are not ‘Hams’).  I flew down to SF with check bags as I didn’t think security would appreciate a roll of wire, a metal box, motocycle clothing with wires, well, you get the picture.  Got into my SF place on a hill near twin peaks and went QRV (going on the air in ham talk) at around 1 in the morning of 1/26/2010.

My QRP station in SF

My QRP station in SF

I managed to get a line of site QSO (making a radio contact in ham talk) with Dave, N7FZY and had a nice chat about radios and antenna on CW (morse code in ham talk).  I had a long wire strung accross my uper level flat with a short counter pose.  I was quite impressed that I could get anything out!.

Next morning I got up early, turned the rig on and tuned about 40, 30 and 20 meters (ham bands in ham talk).  I heard OE3AID calling CQ (is anyone listening n ham talk) and no one was getting back to him so I gave him a call.  To my surprise, he came right back with a nice signal report!  I just worked Austria on  watts with a long wire.  Must have something to do with being on top of a hill!

Okay, so I’m not here in SF for ham radio.  I’m meeting my son who has just got back from a trip to Nepal where he did volunteer work for about six months.  Check out his blog here.  More on this later.

So for all you Hams out there, I’ll try to be QRV in the evenings (7:00-we hour) and mornings (7:00am- coffee time)

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